Online self-hypnosis is getting huge
Nick Wright Hypnosis
I honestly cannot tell if I’m asleep or not. Or even under a form of meditation cover yet. Maybe I’m just somewhere in-between. Yet here I am lying in bed, listening through earbuds to my friend Nick Wright. My mind is drifting. Nick is a sleep hypnotherapist with a vast YouTube library of sleep hypnosis videos that he started a few years ago.
“This is Nick, talking to you and spending time with you now, in this self-hypnosis, guided meditation and deep sleep experience that I have written to help you drift quickly and easily to sleep,” he starts. “And to help you find the inner calm, the inner poise and the inner peace of a resting mind and body.” That was the last thing I remembered. From there, I try to let my mind wander aimlessly while I relax. And the next thing I know, it’s hours later and I wake up feeling refreshed.
Nick’s a former golf writer – we used to work together – and is a humble, interesting guy. And I’ve become reliant at times on his free hypnosis series online. I have what people would call a Type A personality. Ever since I was a small child, I’m told, I’ve always been an early riser. And I worry plenty – about the family, the house, work projects, my body, etc. I won’t deny that I find a glass of cabernet every now and then rather soothing. Or that Benadryl helps me fall asleep when my mind is racing. But Nick has added this digital tool to help my body get some rest. In his profile page, he promises to help listeners relax and sleep, reduce anxiety and stress, and change to more positive behavior. His content blends neuroscience-based hypnotherapy and hypnosis – which in turn leverages the power of the subconscious mind to improve sleep and create behavioral change. Much like his personality in real life, Nick’s online style is friendly, conversational, indirect and down to earth. And it works well in this platform.
His isn’t the first program I’ve tried. Back in college, I began listening to a self-hypnosis cassette tape that still sits in my old Sony Walkman. It aimed to relax me before tests. And yes, it really did work at the time. My grades went up significantly after I employed it. The downside: My buddies used to make fun of me as I continuously looked like I was sleeping in the study lounge with my headphones on.
More recently, I subscribed to the newly revamped BrainTap app on my phone – which I can fortunately use with discreet earbuds. It’s been an outstanding resource while I’m out taking walks or jogs. The sessions really help clear my head. And I’m extra excited that the app was recently updated with a complete makeover. The new version has loads more sessions to download, on topics such as reducing stress, kickstarting your life, learning how to concentrate, creating mental retreats, improving your health and diet, sleeping better, mastering life, reducing weight, improving your breathwork, biohacking happiness, and pretty much anything else you can think of. I find it to be simply outstanding. There are various subscription plans available.
All I can say is that if you’re one of the many people in this world who are stressed out, these services are fantastic at getting you back onto a healthy track. No Walkman required.